Government to slash 20 per cent electric tariff for households using upto 150 unitsThe government has also asked the traders of daily essentials to start home delivery services during the lockdown period.
The government has decided to cut the electricity tariff by 20 percent for those households whose power consumption is up to 150 units a month. The decision comes as people are queuing up outside cooking gas depots for hours on end amid the lockdown orders issued by the government to stem the spread of Covid-19.
The high-level coordination committee on Covid-19, led by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, on Wednesday had decided to encourage the people to use induction stoves instead of gas. The meeting had directed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation to take necessary measures to offer concessions on electricity tariff and customs duty.
According to the officials at the Ministry of Finance, the ministry has decided not to charge 15 per cent customs duty on the induction stoves.
The high-level committee has also decided to open the two border points with China— Rasuwagadhi and Tatopani—to facilitate the import of essential goods.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance have been given the responsibility of ensuring that the daily essentials are transported safely.
Energy Minister Barsaman Pun said the decision to open the two border points was not for the import of goods other than the essentials such as induction stoves, medical equipment and foodstuffs.
The government has also asked the traders of daily essentials to start home delivery services during the lockdown period.
To this end, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the board members of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, supermarket operators, grocers and wholesale traders to deliver daily essentials to people’s doorsteps.
The decision was taken after the officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies held a discussion among the industrialists and entrepreneurs, owners of the major supermarkets, groceries and food stores of Kathmandu and officials of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to issue travel passes to those businesses offering home delivery service.
For similar management outside the Kathmandu Valley, the Home Ministry has told the concerned district administration offices and local units to coordinate with their local grocers and traders.